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My budgie has been with me since he was a chick at 3 weeks. On the first day his poo was normal white and green. But when I started hend feading him with hand rearing formula his poo changed colour to brown, the same colour as the formula. I know that its normal but why doesn't he have the white part in his poo anymore and my main concern is that he pees a lot. I mean there's no white part but just a lot of watery pee. This comes out with his poo as well as alone.
His vent is nice and fluffy. He is also quite energetic and playful. What I mean is that he looks very healthy.

I would appreciate it if you had a look at his poo and let me know what you think
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In pictures 2 and 5, I see dried urates (dried white) which means that he is peeing.

Formula isn't the same as (regurgitated) seed, so their bodies will digest it differently. Is he partially weaned? How old is he? Does he drink water yet? Eat millet or seeds? I can see that there are seeds scattered in pictures 4 and 5, but is he eating them? His droppings should start changing back to what we consider normal when he starts getting a diet largely based on seed / pellets / fruits and veggies, and less based on formula.

You might want to put down kitchen paper so that the paper absorbs the droppings / urine and that there's less chance that it will mix with the seeds. If he forages and eats seeds that are coated in droppings, it could be unhygienic.

I hope this helps! Perhaps some breeders who are more experienced with chicks will have some better answers for you. Good luck!
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Thanks for the advice Bethany,
He is half weaned. He doesn't actually go on the floor of the cage to eat but rather has his food in his food trey. I have only seen him drink water once. The reason there is seed in the pic is that he kicks a lot of the seed out of the trey sometimes. But he does eat seed as well, on a full hand fed stomach that is.
Thank you so much, your reply was a sigh of relief.
I was worried there might be something wrong with his kidneys
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He's 52 days old
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I'm glad to hear that you feel better, Bernard! As he grows older (and more curious!) you'll want to use some type of substrate or grate to separate him from his droppings.

You should see his droppings firm up as he weans completely. Look closely at his droppings (even "dried ones") to see if you see the white urate. He'll produce more as he starts drinking more water - like human infants versus toddlers.

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Thanks again Bethany.
I also faced a slight problem yesterday as well. On the hand rearing formula it says you can gradually thicken the food as he grows older. It says 1 part food 2 parts water at the end. But yesterday my budgie had problems digesting the thicker formula so I switched back to 1 part food 4 parts water. He looked better today.
My question is given the fact that he also eats seeed why would a thicker formula bother him?
I read somewhere that the formula can dry up the crop if too thick. Is this true?
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I'm not an expert on hand rearing, so hopefully one of our experts can chime in!

It seems that you would want to increase the liquid as they are weaning because they are getting more nutrition from other sources, but that's just my common sense. Maybe budgie sense is different.

Also remember that your budgie will start to refuse formula as he is weaning. Until that time, I'd keep the formula as he's used to it. (Just my own two cents)

Here's an awesome site you can check out: Budgie Hand Feeding And Weaning Guide - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

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Wow. Your advice has been great. I have already been through that site.
Your advice has been much more helpful as it is specific for this particular case. Sites all tell you something general.
Thanks a million
Youve been extremely helpful
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